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Bar Tab: Phat Cat Laundry

We scour the bar scene to bring you the new and noteworthy. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Tim Colman checks out Phat Cat Laundry at Jiak Chuan Road.

Phat Cat Laundry
Phat Cat Laundry interiors

First impressions:

With a traditional shophouse exterior, Phat Cat takes the concept one step further with a bar inspired by the Chinese-owned laundry. Once you get past the laundry facade at the entrance, and past the detergent boxes on the wall, you’ll find a long marble bar and a spacious seating area.

The Chosen One:

The cocktails at Phat Cat have been inspired by Asian flavours and culture – some are infused with gourmet teas while others are influenced by Mandopop, Bangkok street food or an Asian interpretation of a classic mix. The Mango Sticky Rice ($26) features rice vodka and coconut rum alongside a mango puree; it’s accompanied by a shot of coconut milk, so you can create the flavour you want.

Mango Sticky Rice
Mango Sticky Rice cocktail

The Cheapskate:

While there are plenty of cocktails on offer (as well as shochu, sake and whisky) the cheapest option is draft beer. A pint of German brew Hofbräu München Original Lager costs $16, and it’s the perfect drink to wash down any of the gastrobar delights prepared in the kitchen.

Bite on this:

The food ranges from light bar snacks to substantial mains. A dish of Messy Sweet Potato Fries ($14) lets you dip sweet, crispy fries into a runny egg yolk. If you really want to fill up, the Brontosaurus Char Siu Beef Rib ($25) is a huge slow-cooked beef rib covered in a char siu glaze; it will easily feed two. A bit lighter, but still meaty, is the salty Mushroom and Bone Marrow Fried Rice ($16) topped with a fried egg.

fried rice
Mushroom and Bone Marrow Fried Rice

Last but not least:

Pairing drinks and food isn’t something everyone knows how to do. Fortunately, Phat Cat’s cocktail list features pairing suggestions. If you’re still not sure, ask the bar staff.

– Tim Colman